McCaskill, Akin Launch Hardballs in Debate

Amid dueling polls, Missouri’s two major candidates for the U.S. Senate made sure Thursday night to get in most of their best new attacks during what is likely to be their first and only statewide televised debate.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., cited Republican rival Todd Akin’s votes to raise his own pay, while also voting to cut spending for veterans, school lunches and the farm bill. She also said that Akin pays his women staff members 23 percent less than male employees.

Akin countered repeatedly with McCaskill’s votes in favor of the Affordable Care Act – also known as “Obamacare” – despite its unpopularity in Missouri.

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